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Archive for February, 2009

Our latest update

1.  Nathan Bishop Enrollment

The response so far has been very encouraging, and it appears that folks in this part of town really are ready for a good-quality public middle school.  Around 110 children from the East Side have already registered for the 160 6th grade seats reserved for neighborhood enrollments.  A substantial number of these are coming over from private schools.

Although the formal registration deadline has passed, there is still a short window during which students from the school’s neighborhood can secure a seat. If you have questions about the process, you may contact Principal Lazzaeschi at Michael.Lazzareschi@ppsd.org

The lottery for the 40 seats reserved for non-neighborhood students has already taken place and the response was strong. It is presumed that seats not eventually taken by neighborhood children will be opened to non-neighborhood children.  We hope that consideration will be given to 5th graders who have been attending MLK and Vartan Gregorian, so that they will have an opportunity to remain with their classmates from those two elementary schools.

2.  Environmental Hearing

There will be an environmental hearing related to Nathan Bishop tomorrow night (Wednesday, Feb. 11th) at 6:00 p.m. at Hope High School.  As we understand it, the hearing relates to removal of an old oil tank and the uncovering of fly ash at the Bishop site.  We believe that neither of these are significant issues (fly ash will be found under most properties in the city and can be easily covered over) but the meeting is required by law and is open to the public.

3.  ProJo Reporter seeks comments from Bishop parents

Linda Borg, who has reported on Providence education for the Providence Journal, is looking for people who would be willing to be interviewed about how the new Nathan Bishop influenced their choice to come to, or stay in, the Providence public schools.  She asks that you contact her at lborg@projo.com.

4.  Vartan Gregorian History Event

Karina Wood, from the Vartan Gregorian PTO, sends along the following:

On Wednesday, February 25th, the Vartan Gregorian Elementary School at Fox Point, the PTO, and the John Nicholas Brown Center will host an exhibit opening to celebrate Faces of Fox Point.  The opening will be held from 5:00 PM to 6:15 PM with Vartan Gregorian’s sixth grade students leading guided tours of historic photographs of Fox Point paired with memories of neighborhood life. CONTACT: Anne Valk (401-863-1177) or Catherine Carr Kelly (617-835-1611) or Wendy Warlick (401-369-6994)

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